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“Worth a stop, and make a donation!”

Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum
Ranked #11 of 127 things to do in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Coastal history is alive and thriving at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. Standing proudly at 24th Street on the Boardwalk, the museum building itself is a Virginia Beach icon on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore lots of fun exhibits and a great gift shop right on the boardwalk!
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Very small but worthwhile museum about the history of lifesaving efforts. We are not talking about saving vacationing swimmers here. It's about foundering boats and ships.

Good for adding a bit of education and historical perspective to a vacation, and it's RIGHT THERE on the Boardwalk.

Visit and donate a little so it is there for the next generation!

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

The Coast Guard Station is a museum about the life saving service that evolved into the Coast Guard. It is a small but interesting museum stocked with lots of memorabilia and relics of the service. It has several small exhibits. One of the sister stations is located on Sandbridge Beach near the wildlife refuge. Take the family for a walk on the boardwalk and stop into the Coast Guard Station and Museum and learn a lot about this group.

Thank Doug F
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

It is an ok attraction. The gent that was ging his little tidbits about the Coast Guard was ok... the upstairs video did not play...Don't really feel it was worth even the small amount they charge

Thank rfrenaldo
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

I drove by there and it looks like it would be a nice place to visit. Maybe some day i would go there to visit.

Thank Sandra D
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

A visiter will learn about early techniques and equipment used by thebcoast guardin saving lives. A glass case shows how the rescue of a ship's crew would happen and how the equipment is used. A visiter will find life size photos and much information about all equipment.

The lower floor is mostly about rescue, with the upper floor about WW 1 & WW 11. The second floor has several models of coast guard ships. Behind glass are uniforms, every day items used by coast guard personal.

A tour will probably take about 45 minutes. Longer if a person stops to read all the information. Good lighting for photography. The museum is located on the boardwalk, facing the Atlantic Ocean. If a visiter is interested in the workings of early coast guard rescue, this museum will not disappoint. Although the museum is small, think history. A visit is recommended.

TIP: There is no street parking. I found a parking lot on 25th street or avenue. The lot is across the street of the Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast, 2420 Arctic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA. That is the address to locate the packing lot.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

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